16. January 2013 · Comments Off on ZigBee Smart Energy HAN device testing using NTS-AT SETest test harness · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

testharness-smallIn addition to the services that NTS-AT provides to manufacturers and utilities in terms of certification and testing, NTS-AT has also developed a custom test harness used to perform validation and testing of ZigBee Smart Energy devices. NTS-AT’s test harness (SETest) is based on the latest version of the ZigBee Smart Energy profile specification (version 1.1x). This test harness provides an easy, repeatable way for manufacturers to test their ZigBee devices prior to submission for certification. In addition, many utilities are also utilizing NTS-AT’s SETest tool to test and validate third-party HAN devices prior to authorizing their roll-out on their own smart grid networks. NTS-AT SETest is also scriptable allowing for testing of test cases not covered by the ZigBee standard (such as boundary cases and negative cases).

If you’re interested in a demo or additional information on the tool, please contact us at smartgrid@nts.com or call us at 800-879-9225. We’ll also be exhibiting at DistribuTECH January 29th-31st in San Diego (Booth #3341) – stop by. We’d love to talk to you.

10. January 2013 · Comments Off on ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1b Certification Now Open For Testing at NTS-AT · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

zigbeeicon_energytm_cmykThe latest version of the ZigBee Smart Energy application profile, ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1b, certification testing is now available at NTS Advanced Technology. The ZigBee Smart Energy profile is the protocol of choice for smart meters and other smart grid devices, such as in-home displays and smart appliances. Contact NTS-AT today to find out how to get your ZigBee Smart Energy (ZSE) device testing and certified – email us at smartgrid@nts.com or call 800-879-9225. And don’t forget — if you need help in pre-testing and development, the NTS-AT SETest Tool is available for rental and purchase. The SETest Tool is the same equipment and software used internally by NTS-AT to perform ZigBee certification testing.

07. January 2013 · Comments Off on NTS-AT at DistribuTECH – January 29th-31st · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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NTS-AT, a diversified engineering services company providing smart grid product testing, will be attending DistribuTECH in San Diego later this month (January 29th to 31st). If you’re interested in discussing how we can help your company in testing or certification of Smart Grid/Smart Energy devices (such as smart thermostats, in-home displays, and smart meters), please email us at smartgrid@nts.com and we can setup a time to meet.

If you’re interested, we can also demo our NTS SETest tool, a custom test harness hardware and software developed by NTS-AT for testing, developing and validating ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) products. Feel free to email us or call us at 800-979-9225 for more information.

20. December 2012 · Comments Off on NTS Certifies Golden Units for ZigBee Compliant Platform Standard · Categories: Blog, News · Tags: , , , ,

National Technical Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that it successfully completed testing of all of the “Golden Units” for the enhanced ZigBee 2012 specification. These “Golden Units” are ideal examples of this ZigBee specification, and serve as the devices by which all future ZigBee Compliant Platforms will be compared for interoperability and conformance. NTS participated in the earliest stages of the interoperability testing efforts and ultimately performed all testing and verification for the new “Golden Units.”

via NTS – Investor Relations – Financial News. For more information, visit www.nts-at.com.

01. August 2012 · Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons for Failures In ZigBee Deployments · Categories: Blog · Tags: , , ,

When utilities are considering deploying ZigBee meters and HAN devices, the question often arises: “If I’m working with ZigBee certified devices, doesn’t that guarantee that they will work out of the box? Why do I need any more testing?” Testing mitigates the risks involved with problems beyond the scope of the specifications.

NTS is the first and leading test lab certified to test for the ZigBee Alliance.  NTS has amassed an extensive knowledge base gained by its experience performing testing for hundreds of clients around the world. Ranging from RF distance and signal propagation to interoperability issues of incompatible revision levels, problems can surface for various reasons. Some are clearly outside the scope of ZigBee protocol testing, while others are due to different interpretations of the specification. Regardless of the reasons, these problems can end up causing serious headaches with field deployments, resulting in cost overruns and dissatisfied customers. NTS has compiled the five most common, major areas where testing was able to mitigate risk and save money, while preventing improper installations.

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